A prominent New Jersey high school football player died Wednesday as a result of an apparent traumatic brain injury sustained during a game two weeks ago, officials said.
The Tragic Death of Linden High School Sophomore Xavier MacLaine announced Linden Mayor Derek Armstead, a close friend of the McClane family.
Xavier was injured in September. He was hit hard in Game 9 against Woodbridge when he returned the kickoff to start the second half, sources familiar with the matter said. told NJ.com.
Footage from the game shows an ambulance pulling up to the sidelines after the crash hit, the outlet reported.
Armstead, who was at the game, said McClane had been in a coma for nearly two weeks at a university hospital. Reported by News12.
“We prayed for a miracle together and hoped for a different outcome. I believe God knows better,” Armstead wrote in a social media post.
“Thanks to your prayers, Xavier fought well. In the end, he succumbed to an injury he sustained while playing football against Woodbridge against the LHS Tigers a few weeks earlier.
“This news is heartbreaking as I’ve known his parents, Lisa and Norm, and their two sons, Xavier and Andres, since childhood,” Armstead continued. “Tragically, their worst fears came true.”
Linden School District staff learned of Xavier’s death Thursday morning via an email from the superintendent, according to NJ.com.
Xavier is one of the few sophomores to get starting time on the school’s varsity team, and even played as a freshman last year.